WHEAT PRODUCTION FORECAST DOWN FROM 2001

Columbia, S.C., May 10, 2002: Based on May 1 conditions, SOUTH CAROLINA'S WINTER WHEAT production is expected to total 7.98 million bushels, the South Carolina Agricultural Statistics Service announced today. This is 12 percent below the 9.03 million bushels produced in 2001 and 16 percent below the 9.56 million bushels produced in 2000. Acres for harvest, at 190,000, is down 20,000 acres from 2001 and down 5,000 from 2000. This year's expected average yield per acre of 42.0 bushels is down 1 bushels from 2001 and down 7 bushels from 2000.

Winter wheat production in the UNITED STATES is forecast at 1.30 billion bushels, down 4 percent from 2001. This is the lowest production since 1978. Based on May 1 conditions, the U.S. yield is forecast at 43.1 bushels per acre, 0.4 bushels less than last year. Grain area totals 30.2 million acres, down 4 percent from last season. This is the lowest harvested acreage since 1917. Hard Red production is down 6 percent from a year ago to 717 million bushels. Soft Red is down 7 percent and totals 373 million bushels. White production totals 211 million bushels, up 8 percent from a year ago.

For additional information:

Robert A. Graham, State Statistician

James S. Peele, Agricultural Statistician